TRAIL TALK 39
The notice at the entrance includes a caution about the trail being slippery when wet, some poison ivy and flooding is possible.
The trails in my experience tend to have more than their fair share of windfalls across the trail. When I first hiked the trails I was often uncertain about where I was in relation to the parking lot, especially when on the unmarked trails, this is now less of a problem with maps at various intersections. The most common problem with hikers who are first timers to Naftels is to miss the turn off to the parking lot 911 # 79152 between Union Road and Kitchigami road. When coming on Hwy 21 from Goderich I now slow down as soon as I see the collection of log cabins, and if coming from Bayfield slow down after crossing Naftel’s Creek.
Talking to other hikers I learned that a swan has been seen on the Maitland River at Lobbs and sandhill cranes were seen flying South. NOTES:
Duck hunting season is from September 22 to January 5
The Olde Menesetung trail is partially closed due to landslides. The new South entry point in about 380 m along the GART, North of the bridge, where it then descends towards the river. The work on the bridge at Morrison dam has been started. This will allow hikers to cross from the South to North side without walking along Morrison Line. The Lobb trail will be closed on November 5 and 6 for hunting then closed on November 7 for a week or more for logging the dead ash trees.
The section of the Maitland Trail from about 9.5 to 10.5 km is closed for hunting from October 1 through to December 31.
The whole Maitland trail will be closed for gun deer hunting from November 5 to 11 and December 3 to 9 (However, there is no hunting in the Falls Reserve or GART sections) UPCOMING HIKES:
The November 10 at 1 p.m. River Line Balls Bridge hike has been rescheduled to November 24
The November 17 at 9 a.m. hike at Lobbs may be moved to another trail depending on when logging has been completed. Contact Patrick Capper 519-606-0016 or email@example.com MID WEEK HIKES:
The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at 9 a.m. Contact Al Sanders at allan.sanders@ hurontel.on.ca The Wednesday hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ? to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. Contact pcapper99@ gmail.com
The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10 at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton and hike for 1 ? hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact cphillips@ onecaresupport.ca
If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@ gmail.com.